Harvest of the Month: Mandarin Oranges

This time of year, we all need a bit of extra Vitamin C to boost our immune system. Try getting a dose of Vitamin C, as well as other health benefits, by snacking on mandarin oranges. These small oranges have a juicy, citrus taste that can brighten up cold winter days. Mandarin oranges are a great source of dietary fiber and antioxidants, both of which can help lower cholesterol. They are also typically kid friendly since they taste great and are easy for children to handle. Keep a bowl of mandarin oranges on hand in your kitchen or office break room to encourage healthy snacking this season.

How to Select

Mandarin oranges are a true winter fruit with their peak season in December through January. Look for mandarin oranges that feel heavy for their size and have bright orange skin. Avoid light-weight oranges with bruises or blemishes.

How to Store

Mandarin oranges taste most fresh stored at room temperature for up to four days, or up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Beyond these timeframes, they will start to dry out.

How to Prepare

Mandarin oranges are the perfect grab-and-go fruit. They peel easily, so you can enjoy them any time. They also work well when tossed in salads or fruit bowls, or as toppings for foods such as yogurt.

Try mandarin oranges in the recipe for Almond Mandarin Salad from Taste of Home.

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